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Well, we are up to 2 lbs 9 oz now! Over 2 ½ lbs! We have cold germs running through the house again, so we won’t be up there again for a little while. Aarrgghh.

I had been worried about my friend Sam, whose blog I read every day, lives in the part of the world where the tsunami hit. He hadn’t added a new entry and didn’t e-mail me back right away, so of course I feared the worst. I e-mailed a friend of his, whose blog I have started reading because Sam had a link to it on his blog, and she said he was okay and not in the danger zone. I guess if I would have looked at a decent atlas, I could have figured it out. She thought it was perhaps that he was away from his broadband connection and just relaxing at his home.

In other news, my daughter Elizabeth has started blogging. Unlike mine, she is just putting down whatever rambling thoughts go through her head without fixing anything up. She is at if you want to see it.

One of the presents I got was a ventriloquist’s dummy to use in Sunday School. Ben found it (at the Goodwill Doll Sale, I think) and knew I had fixed up another one and thought I would like this one too. I do, except he is staring at me, waiting for me to name him. If you ever get one of these or find one of these, and the mouth doesn’t work, don’t toss it! The heads are attached with an electrical tie, not sewn on, which makes it easy to come off. Just take his head down to the hardware store (if you still have such a place in your town. I love hardware stores, especially family-owned for generations ones. They are one of the most helpful, educational places in the world. Not like the big box super hardware and lumber and everything else including a lunch wagon stores.) and ask for a spring to fit the appropriate area. Within minutes you have a working dummy.

My first dummy is a fellow named Herkimer Schnickelfritz Magillicudy, that Margaret found in the trash behind a church. She asked the folks, “Is this supposed to be out here?” “Oh yes.” “Okay.” He didn’t have any clothes, so we had to fix him some up. This new fellow has a tuxedo!

Since I have 6 & 7 year olds in my class now and had 4 & 5 year olds before that, I never had to really learn true ventriloquism. Kids don’t care if your lips move, they just think it’s fun that you are playing with toys, like they do. I think I might like to learn how to do it right, though. For free if possible. I will have to search the ‘net or get a “for dummies” book on it.

I’ve gotta run this morning, but remember, the Good Book says, “It takes one to know one.”

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